Five "Moth" raconteurs, a couple of musicians and a juggler are on board an old Blue Bird school bus for a barnstorming "Unchained Tour" of 13 Georgia towns in support of independent bookstores.
The tour stops today in Statesboro with a free mini-performance in the afternoon and a full evening performance at the Averitt Center for the Arts.
The Unchained Tour is the brainchild of novelist George Dawes Green. In 1997, Green founded the "Moth," a series of storytelling nights in New York City. The Moth has featured such celebrated raconteurs as Salman Rushdie, Garrison Keillor, Malcolm Gladwell and Sam Shepherd. There are now regular Moths in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and Boston, with plans to expand to four new cities this year, including Berlin, Germany, and Savannah.
Today, two local storytellers a local musician and one raconteur from the Unchained Tour will perform from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Habitat Restore, 26 E. Vine St., in Statesboro. The event is free to the public.
The performance inside the Averitt Center begins at 7:30 p.m.
"We're embarking on our tour," Green said, "to spread the message that indie bookstores should be the vital center of communities. Nights of storytelling and music, of book groups and talent shows, are at the heart of any living town. It's time to break the chains of the Internet, and of addictive shallow surfing, and get back to books and deep reading and sharing evenings with living breathing people."
The group is traveling on a 1975 Blue Bird school bus that was painted and refurbished by more than 30 artists, carpenters and mechanics. The tour opened Monday in St. Simons and after today's performance in Statesboro continues on to the Georgia communities of Thomasville, Newnan, Macon, Zebulon, Gainesville, Athens, Washington, Savannah, Augusta, Canton and the tour ends with two shows in Atlanta.
Tickets for the show at the Averitt Center range from $7.50 to $23 and you can call the Center at 212-2787 to reserve seats. The Unchained Tour schedule is available online at http://theunchainedtour.org/eventscalendar/.